AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today filed SJR 21, the No Budget, No Pay Act, a Constitutional Amendment that would prevent members of the legislature from receiving a salary should they fail in their constitutional obligation to pass a budget.
"Growing up I spent my summers as a ranch hand in the panhandle. We got up early and didn’t get paid until the job was done," stated Taylor. "The Texas Constitution requires that the legislature pass a balanced budget and the people of Texas expect us do our job. This bill simply holds the legislature to the same standard that the people of Texas face at their jobs -- if members of the legislature can't do their job and pass a budget, then they shouldn’t get paid."
Passing a balanced budget is the one constitutional requirement the legislature must complete by the end of each session. The No Budget, No Pay Act holds the legislature accountable by prohibiting members of the legislature from receiving compensation, including per diem, if it fails to timely approve budget for the following fiscal biennium.
A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of both the Nominations Committee and the Sunset Advisory Commission. He is also as a member of the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation Committees as well as the interim Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.